One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of framework or stage used in theatrical displays, pageants, etc., sometimes bearing an inscription; (formerly also) the inscription itself.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Ben Jonson (?1573–1637), poet and playwright. From classical Latin pēgma framework, movable stage or scaffold in a theatre from Hellenistic Greek πῆγμα, already in ancient Greek denoting a substance which causes curdling from πηγνύναι to fix, fasten + -μα.
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